Bulldogs, Blogs and Baseball

SAMSUNG CSCReally enjoyed seeing the Rangers’ Bark in the Park recap post by Kaylan Eastepp, the Rangers’ director of interactive and social media. This is one you have to see. Follow the Sweet Spot in Baseball blog, and join us at the all-new MLB.com/blogs portal as we surface cool posts around the baseball community. And as long as we’re on the subject, I’m going to take this opportunity to give some love to my English Bulldog, King Bingley (OK and my wife, sorry), so feel free to comment here or at MLB.com/blogs with shots of your own baseball pet.


Make sure you hang out regularly at MLB.com/blogs and leave your blog’s URL in the comments there as it’s easy traffic to your site from our main blogs gateway. And tell Kayla we sent you over there. She might even have tips on how to score a job in baseball.

How did you vote? Share your ballot post

After you vote to decide starters for the 86th Midsummer Classic this summer, Blog the Ballot. We’re surfacing posts about the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot at MLB.com/blogs, so please just leave your Permalink there so we can highlight and send more traffic to your blog. We’ll list yours among our ongoing rollout of posts. Spread the word about the all-new MLB.com/blogs…

Discover: Monday Around the Horn

Mark Newman:

Continuing to surface blogs to follow at the all-new http://MLB.com/blogs – be sure to leave your blog’s URL in the comments there so we can find more to show off.

Originally posted on MLB.com Blogs:

2015 © Angels Baseball LP. All Rights Reserved.

Welcome to the working week! Following another great weekend of baseball, we wanted to showcase some of the best posts we’ve read so far today:

The Angels dropped the series finale with the Rangers by a 5-4 score, but The Halo Way posted an outstanding gallery of photos from the game, including some shots of youngsters having a ball.

Phillies Phollowers has fan photog Jenn’s images and analysis from the Phils’ series-clinching victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday.

MLB.com’s Tracy Ringolsby points out in his Write ’em Cowboy blog that even with the Mets’ torrid start to the season, there aren’t any notable individual records for the opening month of the season in any real danger of falling as April draws to a close.

Matt Huddleston — better known as The Unbiased MLB Fan — takes the lay of the land as Alex Rodriguez closes in…

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Discover: Weekend Warriors

Mark Newman:

Weekends are made for baseball and blogging. Discover new fan and PRO blogs as we continue to introduce new ways to surface fresh posts at the all-new MLB.com/blogs. If you’ve got a baseball blog, please be sure to leave a comment there with your URL! It’s the gateway for MLB.com/blogs, presently linked on the MLB.com homepage. – Mark

Originally posted on MLB.com Blogs:

If you love black-and-white photography, take a look at these pics from Jon Soohoo.

Tim Reilly’s Big Apple Baseball Blog is in baseball bliss, with two first-place teams heading into the Subway Series. Give a warm welcome to Metsin’ Around, which celebrates our 10th blogaversary with a brand-new blog. Love those green 4 express train icons for the Subway Series! Who else has cool graphics? This is one place where we don’t mind if anyone jumps on the bandwagon, whether your team swept its first homestand or not.

Follow this blog...In his fourth year of blogging at Plouffe’s New Hairdo, a diehard Twins fan is snagging tons of baseballs and keeping track here, along with the occasional foray to the record store. Check it out.

Going back to Charlie O. Finley, Oakland style is all its own. Start with the history of A’s mustaches. Jen Rainwater also blogs mainly…

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Happy 10th Birthday to MLB.com/blogs


Have you heard the news? We’re now “MLB.com/blogs” and we just relaunched Major League Baseball’s blogging community with a new look to coincide with the 10th blogaversary of Tommy’s first post. Read all about it at the new home for MLB.com/blogs.

Make sure you follow MLB.com/blogs because that’s the page where you’ll find cool new and existing fan and PRO blogs going forward. Check out the RSS feeds there, updated by category. If you have questions and comments about MLB.com/blogs, you can still use this community blog to reach us. We might even bring back Latest Leaders, or some kind of version of them.

It’s a little bit of a work in progress, but the whole goal is to surface more blogs and to use an actual WordPress.com blog as the gateway for MLB.com/blogs. It won’t impact anything you are currently doing to blog.

If you have a baseball blog, be sure to leave your URL and say hi in the comments at MLB.com/blogs.

– Mark

As Feller taught us, jinxing no-hitters isn’t a new thing.

Mark Newman:

If you’re always worried about jinxing a no-hitter, then check out this story by MLB.com’s Alyson Footer about how the subject came up even 75 years ago…

Originally posted on Alyson's Footnotes:

One of the many things I discovered while researching Bob Feller’s Opening Day no-hitter in 1940 is that paranoia surrounding a no-hitter goes back longer than any of us have been alive.

The story of how Feller tried to jinx Randy Johnson’s no-no in 1994 is pretty awesome, considering he was pacing the press box and telling anyone within ear shot, “You know, I am the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter on Opening Day.” That included visits to the TV booth and the radio booth — and, by visits, I mean that Feller burst into the booth and just started yelling, not caring that the mics were live and the broadcasters were in the middle of an inning.

But I have to admit I was even more entertained by what I read in the clippings the Indians sent me from the actual newspaper coverage after Feller’s no-no 75 years…

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Today marks the 75th Anniversary of Bob Feller’s Opening Day no-hitter!

Mark Newman:

Happy 75th Birthday to the only Opening Day no-hitter — courtesy of Bob Feller, aka Rapid Robert. My first (1973) and last (2006) autograph from a baseball hero.

Originally posted on TribeVibe:

CI_033115SS-002 On April 16, 1940, Bob Feller became the first and only pitcher in Major League History to throw an Opening Day no-hitter. Feller wore this glove when the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. He added the extra webbing at a later date when the glove was re-laced.

“Tomorrow’s another day, and I’ll be out there every time I pitch—just trying to win for the Indians.”

-Bob Feller, April 16, 1940

Seventy five years ago, Bob Feller took the mound at Chicago’s Comiskey Park to usher in the start of the 1940 baseball season. Feller, already the ace of the Cleveland pitching staff at only 21 years old, struck out five of the first six recorded outs in the game.

Several innings passed with neither team scoring. The Indians punched in a run when Jeff Heath singled to left field and Rollie Hemsley delivered a two out…

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A detailed account of Jackie Robinson’s first day in the Majors

MLB.com Blogs Usher:

On this date 68 years ago, Jackie Robinson forever changed baseball and society when he broke the color barrier by making his Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers on Opening Day of the 1947 season. Today is Jackie Robinson Day, an occasion when we pay tribute to one of the great heroes of our national pastime.

Originally posted on Dodger Insider:


By Jon Weisman

In 2007, I wrote the following piece for SI.com on what it was like for Jackie Robinson on April 15, 1947.

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For most of us who didn’t live through Jackie Robinson’s first day in the major leagues, black and white images have embedded it in our memories. A stark snapshot of Robinson in his Brooklyn Dodgers cap, or frames of newsreel footage showing him running the bases.

According to Jonathan Eig’s new book, Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season, when Robinson awoke early that day at Manhattan’s McAlpin Hotel, the sight before him, his wife, Rachel, and five-month-old son, Jack, Jr., was vivid and suggested anything but the historic day that was upon him.

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Right Field District/The Corner: FAQs from a hopping first weekend

MLB.com Blogs Usher:

The Cleveland Indians’ front-office blog has a cool wrapup of the first weekend at Progressive Field…

Originally posted on TribeVibe:

The Right Field District and The Corner were hopping all weekend as the pictures above suggest.

Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions from the weekend:

Why were there no District Tickets available for Saturday and Sunday’s games?

There is a finite amount of $13 District Tickets presented by SportsTime Ohio available for each game, and given the incredible value the ticket offers, they’ll go quickly. They sold out before Saturday and Sunday’s games.

District Tickets are available online only; we recommend getting them for future games as far in advance as possible so you’re not shut out! They’re available at Indians.com/District Ticket.

Do you have to have a District Ticket to go to The Corner?

Nope: The Corner is open to everyone, subject to capacity restrictions.

Does the District Ticket guarantee you a spot in the bar?

Nope: When you purchase a District Ticket, you get…

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Opening Night Firsts: Cardinals at Cubs

Mark Newman:

All the firsts from Opening Night are here in the MLB.com Openers blog. Join me all day and night on Opening Day as we keep it going through all the home openers. – Mark

Originally posted on Openers:

This is MLB.com’s #OpeningNight liveblog, recording all the important firsts. Follow Cardinals-Cubs on ESPN, with your MLB.com At Bat app and via MLB.com Gameday.

First passed ball: Martinez’s mixup fastball gets through Molina’s legs in the seventh. Good chance that won’t happen again in 2015.

First rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”: Joey and Jerry, who threw out the first pitch, lead the crowd at Wrigley from the booth:

Banks Brothers

First quality start. Wainwright went 6 scoreless innings, allowing five hits, striking out six and walking none. He threw 101 pitches, 60 for strikes. Carlos Martinez is the Cards’ first reliever of the year.

First person to 100 pitches. Wainwright, on second pitch to Chris Coughlan in the sixth. He gets out of the inning a pitch later when Coughlan hits a fly to Heyward that would have been adios on a typical summer day. Still 3-0.

First Web gem:…

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